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General Assembly & year end highlights

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The eDigest of the International Cooperative Alliance
The year end message of the President Ariel Guarco:

For 175 years we have been generating decent work, with gender equality, respect for the environment, and inclusive to all people without exception. We hold the key for the development of a world based on fraternal, peaceful, and democratic relationships between countries. Read more

The 2018 General Assembly of the ICA sees milestones for the cooperative movement
As an appetizer for the V Summit of the Cooperatives, more than 250 cooperators from 70 different countries worldwide participated in the 2018 General Assembly of the International Cooperative Alliance in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more
"A different global economy is possible - created and built from the territories"
All the activities planned as part of the 5th Cooperative Summit of the Americas centred around three key pillars: protecting the planet; building a financial system for sustainable development; and the integration of a social and solidarity-based economy to confront global challenges. Read more
Cooperative declaration commits to safeguard a decent working environment
The cooperative movement has approved a formal commitment towards the promotion of a decent working environment and zero tolerance for any form of harassment. The Declaration on Decent Work and Against Harassment was approved unanimously by the members of the ICA in the context of the last General Assembly. Read more
Cooperative Development Organisations take a new step in Buenos Aires
In the context of the V Cooperative Summit of the Americas and of the ICA-EU Partnership, Cooperative Development Organisations gathered around the theme of multi-stakeholder partnerships, playing a vital role in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more
Young cooperators take the floor in 2019
If you are a young entrepreneur or a professional eager to make a difference in the cooperative movement, you will be happy to know that... Read more
Cooperative buzz

Ariel Guarco enters his second year as president Read more

The ICA launches the International Cooperative Entrepreneurship Think Tank Read more
World Cooperative Monitor: new ranking of the world’s 300 largest cooperatives Read more
The first international standards on statistics of cooperatives have been approved Read more
Commissioner Bienkowska: Cooperatives as vehicles for EU entrepreneurial mind-set beyond job creation Read more
"We must build a plural cooperative movement, becoming increasingly integrated and committed" Read more
Values and competitiveness for inclusive and sustainable local development: the ICA takes part in GSEF2018 Read more
New COPAC briefs on Cooperative contributions to SDG 3 –Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all Read more
Cooperative movement supports International Fair Trade Charter Read more
Smallā€scale farmers achieve a 26% higher share of consumer price when organized in cooperatives, an Oxfam report states Read more
12th Africa Ministerial Cooperative Conference and 13th Regional Assembly Read more
13th ICA-AP Regional Assembly and 10th Cooperative Forum Read more
A fundraising call to build a series of initiatives towards a multiannual roadmap for the visibility of cooperatives in the SDGs field Read more
Guarco contributes to legislative advocacy in Argentina Read more
Cooperatives at the forefront of citizens needs Read more
Celebrating cooperation Read more
Call for papers for the 2019 ICA-CCR, ACE and CASC joint conference on cooperative entrepreneurship Read more
Call for contributions to the ICA CCR European Research Conference on the role of cooperatives in ongoing transformations Read more
Are you a #CoopStarter? Send a video to inspire new young cooperative entrepreneurs across Europe Read more
New member from the Dominican Republic joined the ICA in November 2018 Read more
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Show all initiatives empowering #coopyouth Read more
Submit your contributions for the International Journal of Cooperative Law Read more
Cooperative story featured
Tierra Nueva, Nicaragua
Tierra Nueva nowadays consists of over 600 members, who not only produce organic coffee, but also honey, curcuma and ginger. Together, they process the crops and export them without intermediates to a growing demand of international buyers. Read more

Coops4dev presents a cooperative fund for cooperatives

On the 21st November #Coops4dev presented along with the cooperative investment manager Inpulse the idea of the Cooperative Global Impact Fund in a conference at the European Commission’s DG Development and Cooperation InfoPoint in Brussels. Read more

Cooperatives engage in EU prominent international development events

The cooperative movement was also present earlier this year in two European highly influential events on development: the European Development Days 2018 and the EU Partnership Forum. Read more

Info from the sectors
Identifying the building blocks for a global platform for cooperatives for health
A call for expression of interest outlines the exploratory and preparatory work to be undertaken for the development of the global platform aiming at promoting and increasing the role of cooperatives and mutuals in advancing Universal Health Coverage. Read more
Info from the regions
Second International Forum on Development of Cooperatives in Central Asia
The event was held between 11 and 14 September 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan under the theme “Promoting Enabling Environment and Advancing Cooperative Knowledge”. Read more
2018 edition of the Social Cooperatives International School

The 2018 edition of the Social Cooperatives International School closed its doors on Sunday 28 October in Naples (Italy), after three full days of sessions, workshops, study visits but also fun and relaxing moments. The 50 students came from an impressive variety of countries.  Read more

The new National Group of Visibility Officials of the Americas kicks off at the V Cooperative Summit of the Americas

The group is formed by the 9 American organisations co-applicants of the ICA-EU Partnership Agreement “Cooperatives in Development - People centred businesses in action” as well as additional representatives from Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay.  Read more

    Events calendar 2019  
  4 - 6 Feb   Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Forum   Marrakesh, Morocco  
  27-31 May   ICA-CCR, ACE and CASC joint conference on cooperative entrepreneurship   Montreal, Canada  
  6 - 7 June   Cooperatives Europe General Assembly   France  
  24 June
  Cooperatives and the Future of Work   Geneva, 
  6 July   International Day of Cooperatives    Global  
  July   Global Youth Forum    TBA  
  21 - 23 August   ICA-CCR European Research Conference   Berlin, Germany  
  October   ICA General Assembly & Conference on Development and Regional Cooperative Conference   Kigali, Rwanda  
      Access the full list of Upcoming Events 2019-2020 here      
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